At the end of the course, students will acquire competences as regards comprehension and construction of academic written discourse.
In particular, they will develop skills related to
- evaluating original sentences, paragraphs and short argumentative texts written in an academic style
- creating well-organised research questions
- constructing well-structured paragraphs for academic purposes
- focusing on the writing process to improve grammar and vocabulary for use in academic written texts
- understanding the structure and purpose of abstracts, literature reviews, and other components of research reports.
- evaluating academic articles and texts as part of a process of research
SOFT SKILLS FOR LANGUAGE LEARNERS AND TEACHERS
At the end of this module, students will develop the following skills:
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
- Knowing the theory underpinning the notion of soft skills.
- Understanding the relevance of soft skills for language teaching and learning.
- Knowing the foundations of case studies methodology.
- Knowing the foundations of classroom discourse analysis.
APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
- Applying the knowledge about soft skills to analyse, discuss and "solve" case studies.
- Applying the knowledge about soft skills to analyse classroom interactions.
- Applying classroom discourse tools to collect and analyse real-life interaction samples from various teaching contexts.
- Identifying recurrent patterns, problems and ineffective learning and teaching practices in real-life cases.
- Critically analyzing complex teaching situations and formulating hypotheses for effective teaching interventions.
- Presenting one's personal opinions, ideas and proposals in a comprehensible and effective way.
- Supporting one's opinion on the basis of the course contents.
- Collecting real-life linguistic data.
- Analysing collected data for discovery and learning purposes.
- Developing reflection skills.
- Developing assessment and self-assessment skills.